The Rubin Masayo Ishigure (koto, shamisen), Tsuyako Takahashi (koto) + Ken Hutchinson (shamisen)
Masayo Ishigure (koto, shamisen), Tsuyako Takahashi (koto) + Ken Hutchinson (shamisen)
Masayo Ishigure began playing the koto and jiuta shamisen at the age of five in Gifu, Japan and has created an extensive multi-faceted career that continues to stretch the limits of the koto while maintaining a strong grasp of the tradition. In 2005, Masayo Ishigure was a recording artist for the Grammy Award-Winning soundtrack for the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha" by John Williams alongside Yitzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and others. In 2001, she released her own solo CD entitled "Grace". Ishigure has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall, BAM, Merkin Hall, Asia Society, Japan Society, The Metropolitan Museum, Symphony Space and has been invited to perform at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and the Smithsonian Institute.
Kenneth Hutchinson was born in New York City where he studied classical piano and blues guitar. In the 1980's he began composing music for independent films such as "Agent on Ice" and "The Sandman." In 1990 Ken moved to Tokyo for four years to pursue his growing interest in Architecture and Design. He has since had the pleasure of performing at many cultural events in and around New York City with the New York Sawai Koto Academy. In August 2013, Ken performed at the International Koto Festival held in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. Currently Ken is an Architect and Director of Construction for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo.
Tsuyako Takahashi is a member of the Miyabi Koto Ensemble New York led by Masayo Ishigure. Born in Shiga, Japan, Tsuyako has lived in New York since 1996. She has been studying Koto with Masayo Ishigure since 2011 and has performed in the Japan Festival at Grand Central Terminal, Taiko Masala at the century house in Rosendale, New York, and numerous Cherry Blossom festivals throughout New York and Pennsylvania.